PASS OVER

by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, IL and Lincoln Center Theater, NYC
costumes: Dede M Ayite (Steppenwolf), Sarafina Bush (LCT3); lighting: Marcus Doshi; sound: Ray Nardelli (Steppenwolf), Justin Ellington (LCT3)

Steppenwolf cast: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan; LCT3 cast: Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood, Gabriel Ebert

 

New York Times Critic's Pick

Best New Play, Jeff Award winner

Best Play of the Year, Time Out Chicago

"Wilson Chin's ideal set, striking in itself, also hints at the historical connections with its grimy streetlamp standing in for Beckett's sad tree and its slice of sidewalk surrounded by a desert of sand. All contribute at a high level to the feeling of theatrical entrapment. Blazingly theatrical, thrillingly tense."– Jesse Green, The New York Times

"The dynamic staging makes exceptional use of the width of the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, sending genuinely disturbing attacks on the psyche across horizontal lines before packing a climactic punch in the vertical."– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Wilson Chin has designed a distinctive, arrestingly simple set: a lamppost, a toppled water fountain and a jagged, filthy stretch of street that serves as a strong canvas for this abstract work."– Adelaide Lee, Theater Mania

"The hyper-theatrical world, sparely designed by Wilson Chin, is animated by theatrical magic."– Martha Steketee, Clyde Fitch Report

"Wilson Chin's wasteland set and Marcus Doshi's startling lighting design contribute mightily to the suspense."– Robert Hofler, The Wrap

"Wilson Chin's scenic design is stark and barren. The stage is a tank and they are fish trapped within it."– Emma Terhaar, Third Coast Review

"Wilson Chin's stark set is a slab surrounded by sand, eerily resembling a huge child's playground."– Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

"The design elements in Pass Over fully entrench us in Moses and Kitch's world. Wilson Chin's sparce set design makes complete dramaturgical sense. The space is mostly barren, and the stage is surrounded by sand, suggesting the desert that needs to be crossed en route to the Promised Land."– Rachel Weinberg, Broadway World